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A taxing history of alcohol
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A Taxing History of Alcohol

Fun facts on the origin of American alcohol taxes

With debts owed on the US revolution, in 1791 Treasury Secretary Hamilton proposed an excise tax on whiskey. This first American tax was 6 cents per gallon for large producers, 9 cents for small operators.  The large manufacturers accepted it, but this put many small producers at risk of bankruptcy.  In 1794, a group of these farmer distillers in western Pennsylvania started the Whiskey Rebellion.  After negotiations failed, the rebellion was eventually put down by a show of George Washington's federal forces. The two people convicted of treason on the matter were later pardoned by Washington.  In 1801, once the immediate debts were paid, the tax was repealed.  Following is a chart of beverage taxes over history ending with the current rate of $13.50 per gallon.  Note this is Federal only - the states get their share too!
References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Rebellion
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/duel/peopleevents/pande22.html
http://www.loc.gov/rr/business/businesshistory/August/whiskeyrebellion.html
http://www.ttb.gov/tobacco/94a01_4.shtml
 

Farmer's Dinner at XO Manchester
Djinn Spirits is honored to be featured on the menu of an event we are very much in support of. On June 22nd, XO of Manchester will be hosting a farm-to-table dinner organized by The Farmer's Dinner. Featuring local farmers, fresh produce, and some amazing culinary and mixology talents, this event will be an exciting evening of taste, education, and local inspiration. Get tickets here, or get email info here.

Distillery News

Yow, there's a lot going on this month!

Djinn's Gin in the NH Liquor stores
Starting June 2, our gin will be available at the following NH stores:
Nashua store 69 and 50, Bedford, Hampton (I-95 N/S), Hookset (I-93 N/S), Keene, Manchester (Elm St), Plaistow, Portsmouth Traffic Circle, Salem, and West Lebanon.

Father's Day
Father's day is a LOT easier than Mother's Day - just get yer Daddy some whiskey! Or better yet, get him some whiskey and an Age Your Own Whiskey Kit (Duh?)

XO Farmer's Dinner (see above!)

July - Releasing Beat 3 Reserve
We almost can't wait...but we will. We've had whiskey on our small oak barrels for a while now and it's getting pretty tasty.  July we'll be uncorking and bottling what promises to be some beautiful spirits.  Hang in there!

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